Is it just a fun thing to develop coffee in a lab or is it even a good thing not only for coffee lovers but also for the environment?
Seattle based Atomo Coffee is working on a coffee that is produced without coffee-beans. It is all natural ingredients like watermelon and sunflower seeds etc. It is vegan and does not need any regulatory approvals. It is also free from all allergen components.
Cnet did an interview with the founders and well as a tasting and compared Atomos cold brew with other brands.
Climate change and coffee
Atomo also target the fact that the raising global temperature has an impact on how fast coffee grows (grows faster) and that it impacts the quality of the coffee-beans. Atomo wants to complement, not replace regular coffee-beans, but with the raising demand for coffee they want to provide alternatives to regular coffee-beans.
They are working or a “coffee-bean” as well, so that we still can put all the art-of-making-a-coffee to work and still use our very expensive coffee-making equipment.
Even though I am not fully convinced that a molecular coffee is something we really need (rather make a better system with focus on the farmers etc), I am looking forward to try it. Not everything that is great is needed on the other hand.